IoT in Education: How to make Schools and Kids Smarter?

The landscape of present-day Internet of Things, is not that much confined as many of you think. You may find its real-time practices around various sectors including healthcare, transportation, smart homes, wearables, and so on. But, still there’s a prominent sector that has ignored by IoT evangelists and firms: Education. Yes, the impact of IoT in education hasn’t been properly discussed so far.

Times are changing. Some recent survey results conducted among K-12 educational organizations have its proof. In the total participants of the survey, about 46% are optimistic about the changes that IoT can bring within the next couple of years.

Heard about Intel’s Internet of School Things project? Focusing on the transformation of kids by the use of connected devices and digitalized learning materials, Intel has marked its presence. More industry players are on their way towards this kind of projects.

The concept of smart schools may be an old thought, started at the beginning of digitalization. But, an IoT Smart School has more “things” to offer- interactive boards, smart wearables, real-time attendance monitoring, digital books, VR headsets and more.

Special Care for Differently Abled

One of the major implications of IoT in the education will be focused on differently abled students. By getting access to smart wearables, they can overcome their limitations up to a limit. For instance, suppose a student is audibly impaired. By the use of VR headsets, he/she can replace hearing aids and effectively communicate with teachers and other students in the class. It’ll definitely boost up his/her self-confidence to become more productive than ever.

Mobile Learning

The term itself is very promising. It’s not quite new also. From the early period of digitalization, we’ve been hearing this. IoT has the potential to change even the definition of the mobile learning experience by creating a collaborative environment comprising teachers and students. Smart educational tools will be more accessible to the students than ever before. Students can easily get feedbacks from their teachers as well.

Flipped Classrooms

You might have heard about flipped classrooms where students engage in short video sessions at their homes prior coming to classes. Whatever they have learned from these feeds may get discussed at classrooms. Also, projects related to these discussions may carry out.

This teaching methodology is gaining more popularity on these days. Many of the educational evangelists acclaim the merits of this teaching method. IoT has more things to do here, especially by providing students more access to video enabled “smart” devices.

Opportunity to Self-learning

Advanced learning applications in IoT enable students to learn themselves at their own pace. Since, they can easily clarify their doubts either with the help of teachers or with the materials itself, more productive results, we can expect. Ultimately, teachers can analyze their students’ performance easily.

How IoT is Evolving to Revolutionize Healthcare Industry

The Internet of Things has grown into a highly lucrative industry, with more and more companies investing on the IoT bandwagon. IoT with its full potential can go far beyond homes and offices, we are seeing a really interesting application of IoT in the medical sector.

Before we go any further let’s consider these facts

A recent study conducted on health devices suggests that most of the health device makers target customers who are either fitness hearted or chronically ill. Leaving behind a large section of the population who seek better information to manage their health.

Looking into the future IoT will provide a more cost-efficient healthcare industry that will provide an accurate personalized healthcare. The knowledge base of providers and patients will be ever increasing as patient specific real-time and historical data such as genetics and lifestyle behavior will be available to them on the go.

Medical equipment comes in many diverse forms and degree of complexity. In a network, device connections are used to monitor, configure and control devices. Similarly in a hospital,  subject monitoring is of greatest value. IoT devices can help collect vital information about patients such as the vital signs, medication and ventilator monitoring to provide the best care to them.

Connecting hospital devices have various benefits. As nurses spend almost three hours on documentation activities per day. If the devices were able to coordinate and record their own data on hospital’s system, nurses can utilize this time to attend other issues faced by patients.

Upcoming Trends in Healthcare Industry (2016)

People will adapt IoT devices to monitor their own health: The demand for better access to health data will increase. Improved health technology will allow them to manage their healthcare.

IoT devices will transform healthcare industry: With IoT devices such as smart hospital room sensors, patient monitoring devices, patient medication status etc. This transformation will help cut healthcare costs and supply better healthcare to patients with its predictive and prescriptive capabilities.

An improvement in IoT solutions: Services like patient monitoring services, mobile healthcare technology, medication management, clinical operations etc will be improved.

Gov regulations: New guidelines will be laid out by the government for the regulation of medical applications.

Security and privacy: Healthcare industry, vendors and government need to figure out how to maintain privacy and security of the data collected by the wearable sensors.

Even though introducing IoT to healthcare industry has many benefits, there are many challenges arising for both the hospital and the vendors. Out of the many, one main challenge is to ensure that all the devices stay connected, read and understand each other.

Till now hospitals have dealt with just one device at a time. But this is becoming difficult due to an increasing number of network devices. But the day is not far when a new connectivity device will be designed with translation software supporting unifying standards.

Security is another issue. Patients data and info collected needs to be secured. It is important that the data should be secured from end to end and the information is kept up to date and minimizing vulnerability using a robust security.

Research suggests that solution providers will approach this market opportunity as a community of partners as an integrated result that reaches far beyond the health devices itself.